City of Design
Founded in 1782
9.2 million people
1,568.7 square kilometres
(605.7 sq mi)
32% of Bangkok’s creative industry GDP coming from design, architect and fashion
38% based in Bangkok
233 museums, 40 youth centers, 6 major learning centers, 8 theatres, 6 convention and exhibition centers.
Renowned as a vibrant city, Bangkok is Thailand’s capital, home to 15.8 million metropolitan residents (9.2 million in the city). It is a center of business and investment, with $219 billion GPP and $13,755 GPP per capita in 2017; and over a million foreign workers.
Bangkok’s multicultural identity runs deep in her veins. Founded in 1782, the city inherited its rich culture, vigorous foreign trade, and international connections from the previous kingdom of Ayutthaya. Diversity and openness are the cultural assets propelling Bangkok’s design development and have made the city a favored destination for visitors, who numbered over 20 million in 2018.
Design drives Bangkok in many aspects, including area conservation and improvement, community development, and the incorporation of innovation, inclusion, and sustainability in the city's growth. Meanwhile, the design-driven industries have been an important part of Bangkok’s economy and are keys to the development of a value-based economy.
The creative energy of Bangkok’s diverse people, inspired by surrounding multicultural treasures, is the city’s greatest asset. The blend of traditional and novel aesthetics form the fundamental ingredients of the city’s design evolution. Artisans, specialized suppliers, and creative production communities fill the city, with more than 300,000 creative jobs recorded in 2017.
Decades of regional trade and design exhibitions sustain the flow of new ideas, including the renowned ASA Architect Expo and product design fair STYLE Bangkok. Bangkok Design Week adds a new creative vibe, attracting audiences of all generations and acting as a collaborative platform promoting the importance of design.
As a hub of design education, Bangkok is home to eminent design professionals. Major design school research centers serve the public and private sectors in developing both policy and products. Rising urban architects and designers lead the city’s advance to an inclusive and sustainable future.
Bangkok’s people are adaptive, famed for using unconventional homespun approaches to handle problems. Design is the tool to leverage local wisdom and make Bangkok a resilient city coping with the 21st century’s challenges.
Bangkok Design Week (BKKDW) acts as a multi-collaborative platform to integrate design, art, culture and other disciplines with more than 60 partners and 2000 collaborators from all sectors internationally. The main goals are to disseminate the importance of design as a tool for social and urban development as well as to promote local participation.
BANGKOK CREATIVE DISTRICT NETWORK
The development of multidisciplinary creative hubs that enhances the process of creation-production-dissemination in several areas in Bangkok including Charoenkrung Creative District. The project aims to foster a network of creative districts which will be used as a model for dissemination across Thailand and strengthen the economy both at a community and city level.
Lankeelapat 2, an award-winning transformation of an underused, decayed area below an expressway into a public space that reconnects surrounding communities and promotes good health through sports, with design procedures that intensively involved local community participation.
An elevated public park, which serves as a pedestrian bridge across the Chao Phraya River, transforming the unfinished skytrain structure between the two sides of the Prapokklao Bridge, to respond to local’s requirement for a pedestrian bridge, reduce accidents, transform an abandoned asset into a key urban space, reconnect historic areas sitting on both sides of the river, and develop a new landmark. The project will create better local living conditions and preserves local identity of riverside neighborhoods via public intervention.
Little City Planner is BMA’s City Planning and Development Department project to promote understanding and engage youth in urban planning focused on sustainable development. Through a sequence of lectures and workshops, the project is designed for school students in 5th-6th grade to be future citizens interested and participating in community and city development. The project also aims for the future comprehensive master plan to meet real needs and be welcomed by the people.
Architect Expo (ASA Expo) has run annually since 1986. Today it is the largest exhibition of its kind in ASEAN showcasing advancements in architecture, construction materials and technology, with over 350,000 visitors in 2018. In 2019, the event’s theme was “Living Green”.
Director-General, City Planning and Development Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Director of Creative Space Development, Creative Economy Agency